Australia’s new Test skipper Steven Smith is excited about playing India on a lively The Gabba pitch in the 2nd cricket Test starting tomorrow and said he wants his team to take the advantage to go up 2-0 in the 4 match series.

Smith said that they are all elevated about coming into this 2nd test and trying to go 2-0 up in this series.

That is the reason why Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have been included in the team. It is a conventionally bouncy and fast wicket.

He had a chat with the coach and a couple of the senior players and about it. He thought that in taking over the captaincy and a bit of extra authority that he would step up to number four and get the work done there.

Young pace bowler Josh Hazlewood is going to make his debut in a Australian pace attack, which will also include recollected left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc. Smith added that he has watched Josh very closely over the last two or three of years at New South Wales and he impressed Steve every time. He thinks he is only getting better and better. This pitch should suit him perfectly. He is very talented for his age and he is looking forward to seeing him zing and bowl with that extra pace and bounce as well. It is very exciting for Josh to make his debut tomorrow.

Smith also said that Mitchell has bowled really well for NSW in the last games of Shield matches. It is very dispiriting for Peter Siddle who has been a colossal bowler over a long period of time. He is surely not out of weather. He is still in and around the team and probably he will get another match soon.

Smith will do the captaincy for the first time in Brisbane after Clarke was out of the scenario due to his right hamstring injury in the 1st Test. The new skipper will promptly have his hands full as he deals with not only a ruthless opponent but also one that will not back down during vehement moments, as witnessed in Adelaide. 

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